Pokémon GO BlueStacks: Can You Play Pokémon GO on BlueStacks 2024?

by Aaron Roussey Updated On Jan 2, 2024 Published On Jul 16, 2021 Tips

Many Pokémon GO players are constantly looking for that slight edge that will make the game not just easier to play, but also more enjoyable.

And if you want to continue to hatch eggs, participate in high-reward Raids or get more XP points, then you probably need all the cheats you can get for that advantage.

One popular tool that players use to get that edge is BlueStacks, a solution that allows you to play Pokémon GO on your computer.

Here, we will take a closer look at BlueStacks: how it works to play Pokémon GO and whether or not it can give you the edge you are looking for.

What is BlueStacks

BlueStacks is an Android emulator that is available for both Windows and Mac.

As an emulator, this desktop application allows you to access the Android environment on your desktop.

You can access the phone's screen on your computer as well as some of the app installed on the device.

For this reason, BlueStacks has become a very popular way to play Android games on PC.

The emulator makes gameplay easier, but also comes with a wide range of additional features that can help you spoof your location for AR games like Pokémon GO.


Update: Spoofing Pokémon GO with BlueStacks Is No Longer Safe

For a while, Bluestacks was working. But now when you use bluestacks, your spoofing will be more easily identified, and your account will be more easily banned.

Also many players have claimed on Reddit that their Bluestacks displays the "unable to detect location" message, when they are trying to fake location in Pokemon Go,

If you're one of them, we suggest switching to a different GPS spoofing tool.

What to Know Before Playing Pokémon GO with BlueStacks

There are a number of things we think you should keep in mind if you are going to choose to use BlueStacks to play Pokémon GO. They include the following:

The Process Is A Little Complicated

As you can tell from the numerous preparation steps that you have to take, using BlueStacks to play Pokémon GO is certainly bit simple. Just the sheer number of apps that you have to install to facilitate this process can be time consuming.

It Uses to Many Resources

The system requirements to install BlueStacks on your computer are too high and once it is installed, the emulator needs a significant amount of RAM to run. This often results in a slower system that can make it harder to play Pokémon GO.

Risk of Account Ban

Using BlueStacks to play Pokémon GO is against the rules. Therefore, you may increase the risk of getting your account banned, particularly if you use it too often.

How to Play Pokémon GO in BlueStacks

Once you have everything you need, you will be ready to use BlueStacks to play Pokémon GO on your computer. The following is a step-by step guide to help you do that:


Before we can show you how to use BlueStacks to play Pokémon GO. There are a few things that you will need to do and have.

The following are the system requirements that will make this process much easier:

  • You can only install BlueStacks on Windows 7 or higher or MacOS Sierra and higher
  • The system memory on PC should be of about 2GB or more and 5GB hard drive and 4GB RAM and 4GB disk space on Mac.
  • You must have admin privileges to install BlueStacks on the computer
  • Ensure that the graphics card you are using is updated

Once the system is as required, the following are some of the tools you will need:

  • First, you will need to install BlueStacks on to your computer
  • You can only use the emulator to play Pokémon GO if your Android device is rooted. So, you will also need a rooting tool like KingRoot.
  • You will also need a tool known as Lucky Patcher. This is an app that allows you to control the app permissions on your device.
  • To spoof the location on your Android device, you will also need a GPS Spoofing app. We recommend using Fake GPS Pro. This is a premium app that costs $5, but you use third-party app stores to try and get it for free.
  • Finally, you will need to install the Pokémon GO app on your device.

Step 1: Install BlueStacks

If you haven't already, the first thing you need to do is install BlueStacks on to your computer. Follow the installation wizard to complete the installation.

Install BlueStacks on Your Computer

Step 2: Set up BlueStacks

To play Pokémon GO using BlueStacks, you will need to prepare the emulator to install all the apps you need.

Open BlueStacks and then open the Play Store on. Connect it to your Android device.

Once the emulator is connected to your device, search for Pokémon GO in the Play Store on BlueStacks. Install it on your BlueStacks account.

Now, go to the BlueStacks store, search for KingRoot APK and install it. Once it is installed, open KingRoot and allow to root the simulated device.

search for KingRoot APK and install it

When rooting is complete, go to "Device Options"of BlueStacks and choose "Restart Android Plugin."

Restart Android Plugin

Go back to the Play Store and look for the Fake GPS Pro app. Save the app's APK, but make sure that it is not installed yet.

Finally, go to the BlueStacks Store and install the Lucky Patcher APK. Launch Lucky Patcher and then install Fake GPS Pro as a system application.

install Fake GPS Pro as a system application

Step 3: Simulate the Location with BlueStacks

With all the necessary apps and tools installed, you are now ready to begin playing Pokémon GO.

To begin, open Lucky Patcher to launch Pokémon GO and the Fake GPS apps on your system. Accept the terms and conditions and grant it the device's administrative access.

install Fake GPS Pro

Open the Fake GPS Pro app and look for any location that you want to use. You can do that easily using the pin and then choose to mock the device's location.

Open the Fake GPS Pro app

Your location on Pokémon GO will change and you can now explore the new location to catch as many Pokémon as you want.

Play Pokémon GO on PC with a Safer Tool

BlueStacks can be a good way to play Pokémon GO on PC. But since it is an Android emulator, it may not be a great solution for iOS devices.

If you would like to play Pokémon GO using a simulator that you can access on PC, we recommend choosing MockGo.

This desktop tool allows you to teleport the GPS and set an auto-walk in Pokémon GO without having to jailbreak the device.

It is very easy to use and has a very high success rate, allowing you to change and mock GPS location in a matter of minutes.

Furthermore, MockGo is compatible with the latest iPhone 15 and iOS 17 now. 

Here's how to use MockGo:

Simulate Movement Between Two Spots

Step 1: Install the Program

Start by downloading the MockGo on to your computer. Open it after installation.

Step 2: Connect the Device

Connect the iOS device to the computer using a lightning cable. Once a connection has been established, click on "Start" to begin.

connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 3: Begin the Simulated GPS Movement

You should see a map on the next screen. Click on the 2nd icon in the top-right corner of the screen to enable the 1-stop mode. Choose the destination you would like to move to.

Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to select the speed you want to use and click "Move Here" in the popup box that appears.

In the next popup that appears, choose how many times you would like to repeat the movement and then click "Start" to begin the simulated movement at the selected speed.

Simulate the One-stop Movement

Simulate Movement Along a Route with Multiple Stops

Step 1: Choose Multi-Stop Mode

Choose the 3rd icon in the top-right corner to enable the multi-stop mode and then select all the locations you would like to move through.

Drag the slider at the bottom to choose your preferred speed and then click "Move Here."

Multi-stop mode

Step 2: Start the Movement

In the new popup box that appears, select the number of times you want to move along the selected route and click "Start" to begin the simulation.

Simulate the Multi-stop Movement

More Tips to Play Pokémon GO Safely

Using spoofing tool to fake your location to play Pokémon GO can certainly be advantageous, but there are some rules that you need to adhere to if you are going to avoid getting caught and getting banned. Here are some of the things to keep in mind:

Adhere to Cooldown Time

Cooldown is the time that you need to wait before you can take any additional actions in the game. If you catch a Pokémon or spin a PokéStop at the simulated location, you will need to wait some time (maximum of 2 hours) before you can do it again. Failing to adhere to this cooldown duration could result in a soft ban.

Soft Ban

A soft ban prevents you from catching any Pokémon. You will know you are in a soft ban when all Pokémon that you try to catch flee or when all PokéStops you tr to spin fail to drop any items.

Here's a detailed cooldown chart indicating the cooldown duration in relation to the distance travelled:

Distance Covered

Cooldown Time

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100 MINS

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1266+ KM

120 MINS


Now you have two reliable ways to play Pokémon GO on PC. MockGo gives iOS device owners the ultimate advantage. Just be sure to adhere to the cooldown times to avoid problems with Pokémon GO.

If you have any questions or comments about the processes we have discussed in this article, let us know in the comments section below. We appreciate your engagement.

Aaron Roussey
Meet Aaron, our tech-savvy team member who has probably touched more grass than all of us combined, simply because he can't afford to miss a Legendary raid in Pokémon GO. When he's not on the quest to 'catch 'em all,' you'll find him at his computer, covering everything you need to know about phones, games, computers, and all things tech!
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